A Self-Powered Bike Trailer That Pulls All Of Its Own Weight

They're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now a better solution. Someone's created a self-propelled bike trailer » 7/23/14 12:30pm Wednesday 12:30pm

A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom Is Closer than Ever

Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far… » 7/22/14 4:26pm Tuesday 4:26pm

This Simple Contraption Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons Every Minute

Like with nuclear war, a water balloon fight isn't about pinpoint accuracy. What's most important is raining down as much soakage on your opponent as quickly as possible. Which means that the Bunch O Balloons, which promises to let you make 100 throw-ready water balloons every minute, could be the most important… » 7/22/14 1:33pm Tuesday 1:33pm

A Hoodie Made From Speaker Fabric Won't Muffle Your Headphones

Originally designed for home or recording studio use, over-the-ear headphones somehow became a popular choice for music aficionados on-the-go. We can probably blame Sony's Walkman for that, but it means that Betabrand's new Audio Engineer's Hoodie—which uses speaker fabric on the hood so headphones can be worn over… » 7/17/14 5:50pm 7/17/14 5:50pm

Heart Rate Monitoring Car Seats Keep You From Drifting Off

Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work, and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we're all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don't fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest… » 7/15/14 9:21am 7/15/14 9:21am

This Vintage Typewriter Is Actually a Keyboard For Your Tablet

For some of us who type all day for a living, the world is too quiet. We pine for the whir of the Xerox machine, the rattle of rotary telephones, the clackety-clack of the typewriter. A slightly romantic vision, maybe, but no longer completely impossible, thanks to this keyboard modeled to look exactly like a vintage… » 7/10/14 6:40pm 7/10/14 6:40pm

This Compact Microwave Is a Must-Have For Your Car

Designer Jake Rich has come up with a better design for the microwave that no longer requires a permanent parking spot on your kitchen counter. His Mediumwave concept has a footprint about the size of a dinner plate, and the traditional metal box form factor of microwaves of old has been improved with a removable dome… » 7/08/14 12:40pm 7/08/14 12:40pm

This Backpack Has an Emergency Raincoat That Deploys Like a Parachute

Designed for motorcycle riders and cyclists who quickly need to protect themselves from a sudden downpour, the Funnell backpack actually looks useful to anyone who commutes without a car. With a quick tug on a couple of straps, a full-on raincoat deploys from the top of the backpack, keeping both the wearer and the… » 7/07/14 2:20pm 7/07/14 2:20pm

Lawn Care Is a Performance, Not a Chore, With this Lovely Push Mower

Why would you choose a push mower over a gas or electric-driven model? Besides providing a better workout, they're easier to maintain, and easier to store. And in the case of designer Joe McWha's Little Mow, they can actually look more like a piece of modern art than just a lawn care tool. » 7/04/14 9:00pm 7/04/14 9:00pm

Radar For Your Bike Gives You Long-Range Eyes on the Back of Your Head

When you're riding a bike, the world is an endless barrage of obstacles, hazards, and other vehicles sharing the road you need to avoid. Mirrors let you keep an eye on what's going on behind your cycle, but the Backtracker promises to spot vehicles up to 450 feet away using radar, and warn you to get out of the way… » 7/02/14 1:20pm 7/02/14 1:20pm

Sonar Buoys Help Spot and Recognize Sharks Before It's Too Late

Believe it or not, even with films like Jaws in existence, some people are still willing to swim in shark-infested waters. Spotters and underwater nets help provide some level of safety, but these new sonar-equipped intelligent buoys being developed could finally make it safe—or at least safer—to go back in the water. » 7/01/14 12:40pm 7/01/14 12:40pm

A Candle-Powered Speaker Keeps Playing Even When the Power's Out

Using a scientific phenomenon known as the Peltier-Seebeck or thermoelectric effect, where a voltage is produced via a device with contrasting temperatures, this Bluetooth speaker called the Pelty can run on nothing but burning candles. So the next time you lose power during a brownout, you'll have both light and… » 6/24/14 6:00pm 6/24/14 6:00pm

A Power-Packed Charger That Gives Your Phone Two Extra Lives For Just…

Anker's made a name for itself with high-capacity portable chargers that are still compact and easy to travel with. But the company is now launching a new smartphone accessories brand called Zolo that it hopes will also become synonymous with 'affordable' through the use of a crowdfunding campaign to cut out middle… » 6/23/14 1:20pm 6/23/14 1:20pm

Wristbands That Translate Sign Language Into Speech Would Be Awesome

A student team working with Google has come up with an ingenious way to translate signing into spoken word: electronic wristbands that measure the wearer's muscle activity, recognizing sign language symbols and speaking them through an Android device. It could quite literally give signers a voice. » 6/21/14 10:00am 6/21/14 10:00am

The Only Thing More Relaxing Than a Zen Garden Is One Made Of Candy

For some people, a box of chocolates is the perfect way to de-stress after a long day. For others, a few minutes painstakingly tending to a desktop zen garden does the trick. But for those who are really stressed, an edible candy zen garden brings everything together into the ultimate way to relax. » 6/17/14 9:20am 6/17/14 9:20am